How much graphical performance does the new MBP have over the old one?

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  1. Animalk macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,
    I just want to know what is the real graphics processing performance gain of the new MBP versus the one that has just passed. I do alot of 3D programming in OpenGL aswell as gaming with World of Warcraft.

    If the difference is significant enough, I will most like sell the MBP I bought in march to purchase the new model.

    Any one run World of Warcraft on the new MBP yet?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Get the 256 MB model.

    But kinda pointless if you bought one in March.
     
  3. chex macrumors regular

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    WoW is not exactly a taxing game for a modern GPU, and will run on pretty much anything.

    Only point in getting the 256MB version is if you need it for very detailed work.
     
  4. roland.g macrumors 603

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    Are you kidding. You want to know if someone has played a game yet on a computer that was announced today, may be available in stores, which may be open less than 2-3 hours on the east coast, went down there, bought it, took it home set up the user account, and has had time to benchmark this one game.
     
  5. Animalk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I am strictly speaking of processing power everyone and not the memory.
    How big is the difference in GPU processing power? How much more muscle does this nvidida card have over my ati one?
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Around 10-20% from the synthetic benchmarks I've seen.
     
  7. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    It also supports DX10. Not that you will get enough performance for DX10 games, but hey, future proof! :p
     
  8. Shanesan macrumors 6502

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    Yep!
     
  9. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    I'm getting a solid 30FPS full screen w/ full effects on in Netherstorm.
    I believe it's about 12FPS higher than on my Core Duo machine.
     
  10. Animalk thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you for the input and you have which model precisely? Have you noticed any particular slow downs to certain areas?
     
  11. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    I have the base model 128MB VRAM.

    I haven't really played extensively yet, so I can't say if there's any slowdowns in certain areas.
     
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  13. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Mac OS at the moment. You're pretty much guaranteed better performance in Windows.
     
  14. Evangelion macrumors 68040

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    I believe that the real-life difference is about 40-60%. Not to mention that the NVIDIA has more features.
     
  15. BrianMR macrumors regular

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    Great thread, keep up the reports. I wish I could go to the Apple store and install Wow & SL on both the 128 & 256 VRAM card machines and compare them.
     
  16. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Do the fans on your MBP stay silent after your have been playing WOW for a while ? On my MBP 2.33Ghz after about 10 mins, the fans kick in big time ( I normally can't hear them), to the point I don't like playing WOW to much on it, as it clearly is causing the machine to generate a lot of heat, which can't be a good thing.
     
  17. TequilaBoobs macrumors 6502a

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    the difference is 3.1483945878902349% better performance for all applications.
     
  18. whateverandever macrumors 6502a

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    Surprisingly, the fans didn't kick in full speed while playing WoW for a bit.

    I'm sure they'll come on strong eventually (as I hope they would to keep my lap from burning up).
     
  19. elithrar macrumors 6502

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    Expect better OpenGL performance from a nVidia card; their drivers in that area have always been more mature. What I am hoping for, however, is regular driver updates for the 8600M through softwareupdate.
     
  20. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Thanks for the info - looks like I may upgrade
     
  21. RojoLeo macrumors 6502

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    Never underestimate the power of nerds, my friend.
     
  22. Pookieinc macrumors member

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    Woah, sick! I didn't know that! I wonder how this new system will fair on the more graphics intensive games like FEAR and FarCry. It'd be even sweeter if I could play the upcoming Crysis also :) .

    Keep this thread going though! I'd like to see how games fair with the new graphics card as people get more settled in with their new MBP's.
     
  23. Airforce macrumors 6502a

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    lol, don't even think about Crysis.
     
  24. Zadillo macrumors 65832

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    There aren't any laptops I know of where the fans don't kick in and ramp up while using the GPU to play graphics intensive games.
     
  25. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    Well on my PowerBook G4 I could not hear the fans at all while playing WOW, and the fans were almost silent on my First Gen Mac Book Pro - although after playing for a while it got very hot. I was hoping with the changes Apple made to the graphics card/ processor/ backlighting that it generated a lot less heat than the previous model.
     

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